Inshore Fishing Report – The sheepshead and black drum love this milky water that we’ve had this past week behind that super strong cold front. These fish seem to thrive in that muddy, chilled, and turbulent water as it flows in or out of the passes. Cut oysters are still our favorite bait, but barnacles, fiddlers and small pieces of shrimp work too for the sheeps. For the big drum, our favorite bait is a small crab and often dead seem to work best sitting still and stinking on the bottom. The trout action is still focused at night along the dock lights or street lights of the bridge and the live shrimp are the best bait choice there unless you like to throw artificial then it’s a DOA shrimp or Mirror Lure mirror dean. Snook are a little more sporadic due to the dirtier than normal water but Christian Piccon found some using his Glad Snooker Jigs or Gsj’s that are basically a modified large buck tail lure bounced along the bottom.
Near Shore Fishing Report – The bite behind this front has gone to complete crap near shore. These cold fronts get the fish excited as they sweep down and across the gulf but once through the wind, waves, and temps all go nuts. This stirs up the waters and gets fishing moving, but the muddy waters left in its wake takes time to clear up, pressures take time to stabilize and fish take time to get used to the new temps. Unfortunately when we get strong fronts it can day 3-5 days or more to settle out. Well this past week’s strong front we had 20+ foot waves and the water is taking its time recovering and then we get another front? The fishing will not recover till the chocolate milk colored water dissipates, hopefully early or mid-week next week! Basically this week’s near shore fishing report is one word, JUNK!
Offshore Fishing Report – We haven’t been offshore since our 39 hour last weekend since the Flying HUB 2 is out of the water getting new jack plates, bottom paint and more adjustments. However, this past weekend’s 39 hour went very well. It was a little bumpy ahead of that super strong front but we beat most of the weather and still caught a nice pile of fish. It wasn’t like our 44 hour when we filled all the boxes but it was a steady bite and the more experienced anglers on board had no problem filling their snapper and amberjack limits. Even the beginning 39 hour anglers had a great catch with tuna, red grouper, kingfish, mangroves, vermillion, yellowtail, and some big amberjack. You should really see the latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos
Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: https://www.hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/
Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi News
We have some great events going on this weekend in our area! Avoid traffic and parking concerns by joining us on the Tampa Bay Ferry!
First big even is the Johhny Kellar Inshore Fishing Tournament going on at Gators on the pass put on by Old Salts fishing club.
We also have the Madeira beach Block party going on at the Infinite Descent dive shop on Madeira way! You can get there by getting off at ROC Park or Madeira beach municipal with a little walk, from ROC Park you wouldn’t have to cross the street.
Along the way, you may also want to get off for a relaxing lunch/dinner at any of the wonderful restaurants at or in the vicinity of our ferry stops. Then get back onboard as you continue on to your destination while cruising the beautiful intercostal waterways of the Gulf Beaches.
As a reminder, parking is free at our Madeira Beach Marina and Jungle Prada stops. We look forward to seeing you!
Don’t drink and drive, drink and let us take you on the boat! The water taxi by Hubbard’s Marina is the coolest way to get home after some time at the beach bars.
Keep in mind that the ferry does allow alcohol, pets, and anything you need for the beach so pack a cooler and come catch a cruise.
Going to be a gorgeous start to the weekend, and shouldn’t be getting nasty until Sunday night. Should be a picture perfect Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday to get out on the protected back bays aboard the Tampa Bay Ferry and Water taxi. To see the schedule, map, and the stops with addresses check out this info on our website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/
Did you know that Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi offers a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!
You can catch the ferry to many local restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking. To see all the special stops and the things to do at each stop visit this page on our new Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/
Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner
Very strange to see manatees still around our area this time of year, typically come the winter we don’t see them any longer but lately we’ve been spotting them on our dolphin tours inside the pass and at Egmont key! We presume it’s due to the mild winter we’ve had.
The Roseate spoonbills are dawning their very pink colors today thanks to the brine shrimp they eat and their mating plumage is coming in which turns the pinkish color better than their normal feathers. They are really unique looking and can be spotted around
The weather makes fishing tough near shore due to the murkier waters, but what this does is it also gets the mullet running when this happens the dolphins really get excited and grouped up into large groups hunting those mullet and while they wait they tend to put on an aerial show.
Believe it or not we are seeing our first baby seabirds starting to hatch at Dog leg Key Island! The Great Blue herons are always the first to have their babies of the year and were seeing a few pairs of them sitting on eggs and a few eggs have already hatched into baby herons.
The truly amazing thing is were seeing baby brown pelicans this early in the year! Some people may not believe us, but were seeing it with our own eyes truly amazing to have them hatching their babies this early, but were happy to have them maybe the warmer than normal weather is sparking this early hatchlings and we hope the cooler than normal weather coming this weekend won’t negatively affect them.
Want to learn more about dolphins this winter? Check out the new great Johns Pass dolphin facts series on our Hubbard’s Marina YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2
Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina
Great seminar coming up February 8th starting at 7pm and being held at the Fat cat tavern in Largo. We will be talking fishing with the Fat Cat Tavern’s fishing club but their meetings are open to the public and all are welcome plus it’s held on a Wednesday which is burger night so I always show up an hour or so early to get some great food and a few drinks in before my seminars.
February third’s 39 hour has a super light load, but now Captain Mark, Captain Garett and Captain Dylan are all going along with some family so the boat is filling up. If you want to join them for some fishing fun come join us on this early February trip the tuna bite should be hot and were hoping to troll up some wahoo before heading out for plenty of grouper, snapper and amberjack!
Well were already hearing rumors that Amberjack may be a short season this year, it could be as short as 4-5 months for 2017! If this is true jacks could close April or May, so if you want to go catch some jacks let’s get you offshore on a 39,44 hour 12 hour extreme here asap since jacks opened January first and we may not have very long to continue keeping them before NOAA’s National Marine fisheries gulf council decides to close them early. Remember, we don’t get much advanced notice of this so stay tuned to our email newsletters and social media for more updates.
To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://www.hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/
Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: info@HubbardsMarina.com
Thank you all for renewing for 2017, we appreciate your continued interest and patronage of Hubbard’s Marina. It was great seeing you all for the Regular’s club Christmas party, and we hope to see you plenty during the coming year.
If you have not renewed yet for 2017, please do so before booking your 2017 trips and you definitely want to get it done before January first. If you do not, we will be changing you to the FREE Johns Pass club which does not give you benefits you’re used to. Once in this club, you can always upgrade again to a paid club but if you book using your number while it’s a FREE Johns Pass membership you will not have your discount tied properly to your trips so get renewed before you book!
Captains Mark and Dylan Hubbard
Vice president and Regular’s club manager Hubbard’s Marina
(727)393-1947 ext 306
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